Effective Skin Care For Diabetics
Posted On: - 2008-11-23 23:01:11
Diabetes is caused by an excess of glucose in the blood for a prolonged period of time. High levels of blood sugar can cause problems in your heart, blood vessels and kidneys. Additionally, effects can be seen on the skin as well.
People with diabetes suffer from extremely dry and flaky skin. Also, there is poor blood circulation and the skin becomes stretched and wrinkled. This is because high glucose levels in the body necessitate frequent urination that consequently dehydrates the skin. As the inner pressure of the skin decreases, it begins to show wrinkles and lines. In addition, owing to nerve disorders, proper functioning of the sebum glands of the skin also get hampered.
Taking care of your skin is very essential. And it is all the more so for people suffering from diabetes. The following are certain precautions that you can take for caring for your skin.
Keep your diabetes under control
Take very good care of your health and strictly follow the instructions of your doctor about nutrition, medication and exercise rituals. Keeping your blood sugar level in control is the only way to combat the intrinsic skin dryness problem.
Keep your skin clean
Take a bath or shower with lukewarm water and use a mild moisturizing soap. Harsh detergent soaps rob the skin of moisture and dry it up even further. Rinse well after shower and pat dry.
Moisturize your body
After a bath or shower, apply generous layers of moisturizer to supply the much needed moisture back to the skin. This will keep the skin hydrated and prevent it from becoming dry and flaky.
Use lip balms
Your lips may be very prone to cracking and chapping. Therefore, keep a moisturizing lip balm handy and apply it as needed. To prevent your lips from drying up, you need to keep them continually moist.
Don’t use too many skin care products
Limit the variety of skin care products that you use. New products can trigger reactions. As far as you can, stick to products by the same brand to maintain consistency.
Take care of acne prone skin
If you suffer from frequent acne breakouts, the situation can be aggravatde by using moisturizers. In such scenarios, use a light weight water based moisturizer that hydrates the skin without making it greasy.
Drink lots of water
To combat skin dryness, you need to keep your body well hydrated. Drink lots of water and eat fruits and vegetables that are high in moisture. Your diet should focus on keeping your skin moist and healthy.
Treat cuts and blisters immediately
Don’t let any cuts and blisters stay unattended for long. Clean tehm and apply a doctor recommended antibiotic cream or ointment. Avoid harsh antiseptics, iodine and alcohol.
Take care of your skin in winter
When the temperature drops during the cooler months of the year, take extra care of your skin. This is when it becomes susceptible to severe dryness. Use a room humidifier to balance the moisture levels in heated rooms in your home.
Dr. Marilynn Syrett graduated from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine Of The Pacific in 1998. She has written many articles about the use and effectiveness of skin care products in addition to topics like acne care, anti aging skin care and sun tanning.